Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Nitrates Action Programme: Discussion (Resumed)

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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We do not have any particular requirement for when the seed is sown. It is something we want to encourage in the context of the next CAP because there is real potential in it from a financial point of view. I will ask Mr. Nolan to comment more on how it can be accounted for in schemes and how additional costs involved in one particular type of sward over another can be paid for. From an economic point of view, there are financial merits for a farmer sowing either clover or multispecies sward because it reduces cost and increases profit. It makes a lot of sense from that perspective. We are also trying to support it through CAP measures. Mr. Nolan will elaborate on the costings.